Kate Braestrup to speak at 'Chats with Champions'

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Culture

Kate Braestrup to speak at 'Chats with Champions'

DAMARISCOTTA -- Skidompha Library's "Chats with Champions" featuring Maine Warden Service Chaplain Kate Braestrup will be April 28, 10 a.m., in the Porter Meeting Hall, 184 Main St., Damariscotta.  Maine Coast Bookshop is co-sponsoring the program and will offer Braestrup's books for purchase and autographing in the library's lobby.

Kate Braestrup was educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University.  She is the New York Times bestselling author of Here If You Need Me, a true story of her journey from grief (after her first husband's death) to faith to happiness.  In her second book, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: a Memoir, she turned her attention to the subjects of love and commitment.

Now Braestrup has written a compelling third book, Beginners Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life.  She explains what prayer is and explores the many ways that we can pray.  Beautifully written, with her astonishing signature stories of faith in action, Beginner's Grace shows us how to tap into grace with prayer. 

As a chaplain to the Warden Service, which polices the state's 17 million wild acres, Braestrup accompanies wardens to accidents, drownings, and on search-and-rescue operations.  "A chaplain doesn't have a leisurely hour in which to explain God," writes Braestrup.  "The suffering is right there and its urgency demands an immediate response.  We don't give a lot of sermons out in the field.  Instead, we are called upon to offer the spiritual equivalent of triage. We're asked to pray."

"Chats with Champions" series is a free community offering from Skidompha Library.  For more information call 563-5513.

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